Classic Liners

Book of the month Publisher: The History Press ISBN: 978-0-7509-6101-1

SS Pasteur/TS Bremen

by Andrew Britton


In the post-war era, TS Bremen was one of the most popular liners operating across the Atlantic – but she had a remarkable wartime history.

Built for the French as the SS Pasteur, in 1940 she made a dramatic escape in the face of invasion, carrying 200 tons of French gold bullion reserves to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Requisitioned by the British, she became a hospital troopship and played a major support role in the Battle of El Alamein.

Her sale in 1956 to North German Lloyd Line as their final flagship, refitted and renamed Bremen, sparked protest in France, but Bremen sailed on unperturbed, now the pride of the German nation.

Though she had been celebrated as one of the safest liners ever built, Filipinas Saudi 1, as she was then known, sank in 1980 in the Indian Ocean. It was a sad ending to a life filled with glamour, excitement and danger. Here Andrew Britton tells the story of this distinguished and much-loved vessel in intimate and colourful detail.


This is an outstanding book backed up with excellent photographs and I would very highly recommend it.


Published by

The History Press
The Mill
Brimscombe Port


Paperback: 226mm x 248mm, 120 pp illustrated

Price: £19.99



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